So last month my colleague and I made the trek out to Princeton (it was so nice to have company!) to see David Levithan, Adele Griffin, Alyssa Sheinmel, and Deborah Heiligman. We were super early and got great seats. This was a really laid-back, fun event. Each author read a little from their books: Every Day by David Levithan, Stone Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel, Intentions by Deborah Heiligman and All You Never Wanted (coming soon) by Adele Griffin*. Then David kind of led the discussion and each author spoke about how their choose point of view and where their book ideas came from. They took questions from the audience and really interacted really well with each other and with their adoring fans. After they were done speaking, amazingly, the line to get books signed was not that long at all--I think a great deal of the people in the audience were family members or friends of the authors. Plus, Molly Ringwald was speaking at the Princeton Public Library at the same time.
So I was able to get my books signed (I already had Tighter by Adele from last year's Collingswood Book Festival) and I actually spoke to David Levithan! He had visited my library system some years before and my branch manager took him out for dinner, and he totally remembered that event, and her!
I didn't get a ton of pictures:
A colleague from another library was there also, and I noticed Eireann Corrigan in the audience (author of Accomplice and the just-released Believing Game--amazing, definitely pick it up!) and spoke with her for a while. She's pregnant with twins (actually, by this time she's probably just about ready to have them) and also has two dogs (all of us have big dogs LOL), so we shared some stories and visited.
THEN, when we were done, we stopped at Joe's Crab Shack for some fantastic food before heading home. It was a great night!
*I have, since this event, read an eGalley of Adele's latest release and really enjoyed it.
Enjoy your reading!